Friday, July 12, 2013

Mermaids or Kites?

With the hot temperatures we've had so far this summer, it seems most people prefer the coolness of water to being outside on a playground . . . at least that was the general opinion in last night's monthly "ATC Workshop & Swap"!  Last night's themes were "Under the Sea" or "Go Fly a Kite!", and most of the group had a "swimmingly" good time with mermaids and underwater creatures.  As with all our Swaps, everyone came ready to show off and share, and the results were truly amazing!

TOP ROW:  "Under the Sea", Charlotte Fern; "True Courage is Like a Kite", Kristen Johnston;
"Octopus Garden", Shelley Hightower; "Up, Up, & Away!", Terri Durst
SECOND ROW: "Under the Sea", Lylia Hagerty; "Mermaid Glamour", Sharon VanDussen;
"ZanTangle Natilaus Shell", Lynnita Knoch; "Big Guy", Sherrie Moore
THIRD ROW: "Under the Sea" (quilt), Rita Blocksom; "Mermaid Jewels", Janis Bush;
"Under the Sea", Mimi Lawrence
BOTTOM ROW: "Under the Sea" (gelatos & watercolors), Jeanette Lee;
"Dream, Fly, Soar!", Charmaine Conway; "Song of the Sea", Nicole Durst;
"20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (mini book), Deborah Schinzel
Come in & check out these & all of the fantastic works of art
in our ever expanding "ATC Gallery"!
For those who missed this month's workshop, make your plans now to join in the fun next month.  Mark your calendars & save the date . . . Thursday, August 8th . . . when the monthly themes will be "Sweets, Cakes, & Candy!" or "It's About Time!".  Start “thinking big in a small way" and we'll see you then at this fun NO COST workshop.  From experienced to novice . . . you’ll definitely want to see what it’s all about for yourself!   Just create 15 ATCs using the monthly themes (keeping 1 for yourself & bringing 14 to the Swap) . . . all the same or each one different . . . then come and share with others in a true workshop atmosphere. Or just come and see what's going on with other artists, ask questions, share information, have fun, and become inspired!

Remember to save the date . . .
the second Thursday of each month from 6:00pm to 8:00pm . . .
we look forward to seeing you there!
The group is growing, but there's always room for more!

As an added bonus, we were given another "Challenge" for our August Swap ~ "Collage A House"!  Beginning with varying lengths of 2x4s ranging from 3-4" high to 6-7" high, each with a "wonky" roof, the goal is to show each artist's personality through the type of embellishments used.  Each participant was asked to create 1 Altered House for "Show & Tell" to show off their "building" and altering talents using everyday mixed media materials . . . paints, papers, gesso, stencils . . . whatever strikes their fancy!  Watch for the final results of this fun Challenge in the August Workshop & Swap!

Upcoming Months -
   Sept.12th ~ "Vintage School Days" or "Fairy Tales & Nursery Rhythms"
   October 11th ~ "The Wild, Wild West" or "Things With Wings"
    November 14th ~ "Remembering Our Veterans" or "In the Kitchen"

We look forward to seeing everyone at this fun and exciting NO COST workshop! Call (480) 821-3758 for more details or information and let your imaginations & creative juices flow!
(If you can't make the Workshop, but still want to take part in the Swaps, call and let us know.  We'll be your "Swapper"!  We'd still love to have you participate!)

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